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Using local events to increase recruitment

Advice from the Department of Health and Social Care Research shows that direct contact with employers can more than double a person’s likelihood to apply for a job in social care – as a result, local events are a powerful tool. Good ideas for local events include:

  • Open days: either half or full days let interested people talk to staff and the people who use your services. They can get their questions answer and hear about different career paths.
  • Taster sessions: These help to ensure people understand the realities of the work and myth bust Provide the option to submit application forms there and then if the person is interested and a good fit.
  • Attend local recruitment fairs and events – keep checking our Provider Support pages for opportunities. It’s a great addition to have staff join you at these events.

Make sure you advertise all of your events using banners, posters, social media posts, on your website and across local community groups and Job centres. This information has been taken from the DHSC’s Adult Social Care Recruitment Campaign Partner Toolkit which you can view and download here